Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

After the rain June 5, 2013

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AFTER THE LONGEST WINTER I can ever remember in Minnesota, we’re now enduring an especially cool and rainy spring. Clouds hang heavy. Rain drips, sometimes pours. It is enough to dampen the spirits of even the most optimistic among us.

Raindrops on hosta.

Raindrops on hosta.

So, on a recent evening, after yet another rain shower, I grabbed my camera to photograph post-rain details. This self-made assignment gave me reason to pause, to appreciate the beauty of a single raindrop.

An American flag complements million bells and a geranium in a pot near my front door.

An American flag complements million bells and a geranium in a pot near my front door.

Sometimes you truly must stop, reassess, give thanks that you are dealing only with clouds and rain and cold.  Not a tornado or floods or wildfires.

Romaine lettuce.

Romaine lettuce in the beautiful evening light.

Lovely spheres of Allium.

Lovely spheres of Allium.

Backyard bird bath.

Backyard bird bath.

Rain-shined hosta leaves.

Rain-shined hosta leaves.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


32 Responses to “After the rain”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    The rain has certainly been relentless lately and hopefully the farmers will get done what they need to get done. I love the greenness of everything but you are right—-it can be a bit wearing when it is day after day of rain. I want to sit on my deck and enjoy it and those nights have been rare so far….Keeping fingers crossed that the sun will be out soon.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks for mentioning the farmers because they truly have to be worried at this point, about getting corn planted and fields that are under water. Looks like another rainy day here.

  2. My friend Luann and I have been chatting about the rain (we live down the street from each other) as we’ve been trying to get our gardens going between showers. One thing we agreed on was not to complain because at least now we’re not in a drought. Nevertheless, it does weigh on me – the gray, the moodiness. Taking photos of raindrops on flowers is a wonderful way to lift your spirits. Looks like you had some fun with these photos, too!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You are correct. I played with these images. A girl needs to splash in the puddles (of creative photo editing) sometimes.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    Nice photos! The farmers here are dealing with totally pooled fields or fields left with a thick layer of river sand on the top, which may, or may not, need to be removed before replanting can be accomplished. Yet another heavier rain has just finished with more to come today/tomorrow. Not even giving any thought to a serious garden this year. GS’s grad. “open house” is this Saturday. Cool but a good chance of no rain. We will be very thankful. Off to work on a “Moore Love” quilt. Warm hugs…….

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I most definitely would not want to be a crop farmer right now dealing with fields underwater or seeds not even planted. Not a good situation as it’s getting almost too late to plant corn.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        It is. There are a couple of farmers who can only plant corn on their low lying fields cuz if soybeans are planted the crows will descend and get ALL the seeds within a few hours!!!!!! It’s almost scary to see the density of numbers of these birds!!!! Think Alfred Hitchcock!!!!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        What’s with the birds and soybeans?

        I hope your grandson has a nice day for his grad party. Weather is always the major concern, but the single factor out of our control.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        It’s like a gigantic bird feeder!!! The fields are along the Root River (very large fields in between the bluffs) and the crows are really thick in the Spring (during the planting season especially) and will descend on a just planted field and eat all the seeds. They don’t seem to be able to decimate a corn planting quite as badly!!!!!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Interesting. What tactics, if any, have been tried to dissuade such feasting?

      • treadlemusic Says:

        Plant corn. Kernels are larger and the yield is beyond what can be eaten and still gives a $$ return at the end of the season.

  4. Susan Ready Says:

    Lovely photos even if its the never ending rain

  5. Beautiful Captures! Have to get out your floaties and put them on – ha! Have a Great One:)

  6. Jackie Says:

    Oh the rain…. will it ever cease? Your photos are lovely as usual. Thanks for the reminder that it’s ONLY the rain we have to deal with…that’s a good reason to be thankful!, we can still hope for sun, maybe one of these days!

  7. hotlyspiced Says:

    I keep hearing how slow the transition has been from winter to summer. And in fact you’re still waiting for your summer. It is so different to your posts of around a year ago where you had the mildest of winters and Spring arrived early. Beautiful images that are very green and do give the appearance that Spring has arrived xx

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Charlie, your memory is excellent. Yes, last year Minnesota had the most remarkable, early spring with warm temps. This year is such a contrast with snow into May and now cold and rain.

  8. We are also having a cool and wet early summer, but I kind of like it. Everything is so lush and green! Gorgeous, arty photos!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Like you, I welcome the lush part of a green, green landscape, especially after our long, long winter. But farmers are having a tough time of it, unable to plant their crops.

      As for the photos, thank you. Occasionally I love to play around with editing tools and see what I can create with an image.

  9. Kristen K Says:

    Fun photos! I agree–the rain can dampen spirits, but I am so thankful that we’re not dealing with floods or tornados! And the cool misty days are lovely in their own way… I am ready for some warmth and sunshine, though!

  10. “Raindrops on Hosta and whiskers on…walrus?” Now I have the real song stuck in my head! Lovely photos.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks, Gretchen. I can hear you singing. But maybe we should drop the raindrops. We’ve seen too many of those lately, haven’t we?

      • Oh, my, yes. There are farmers here who are taking the insurance rather than risking planting this late – the fields can’t get dry!! And yet, we’re still in a watering ban in town…the well levels still aren’t where they should be.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        My mom tells me southwestern Minnesota hasn’t had the rain like we have had in southeastern Minnesota. Looks like rain here right now. Again.

      • we’ve had some…but yes, still could handle more – but spread out over the summer would be perfect!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Sunshine here in Faribault this morning. Need to mow the lawn today before rain rolls back in tomorrow.

      • No kidding – you have to work in those outdoor things between showers, that’s for sure.

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